Beautiful Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean situated northeast of Venezuela and north of Guyana. The island is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Caribbean Sea on the west.  Barbados is one of the most populous islands in the Caribbean among North American and European tourists. Because of its economic and social stability, the island enjoys a relatively high standard of living and boasts of a high literacy rate among its citizens.

Harrison Cave

Barbados is known as the ‘land of the flying fish’ and the ‘flying fish’ is also one of the national symbols of the island and part of the country’s national dish. The climate in Barbados is considered to be moderately tropical and temperatures usually range around 90 degrees. There are two seasons, the dry season and the wet season which makes it profitable to grow tropical flowers and foliage.

Tourism is a major contributor to the island’s economy along with an open, market-oriented economy, manufacturing, and agriculture. Agricultural production is still a major part of their food production but mainly for local consumption. The island was once the world’s leading producer of sugar and it is said that the crop made many English planters rich. Fishing and Livestock industries are also part of the island’s growing economy but again mainly for local use.

Emancipation Statue

The population of Barbados is a diverse ethnic mix mainly of African descent with a small fraction of the population of European, Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern origin. The culture of the island primarily stems from their West African roots and British cultures brought to the island many centuries ago. Today, cultural traditions on the island are celebrated in an annual ‘Crop Over’ festival in the form of musical, culinary, art, and carnival-type parade throughout the streets of Bridgetown. The island is divided into eleven regions known as Parishes, similar to States, each with its own unique culture, heritage, and traditions. The most populous of the parishes are St Michael Parish where there are many tourist attractions, duty-free shopping, restaurants, and bars. Christ Church is also a popular tourist attraction with its sun-filled beaches, water sports, golf courses, and plenty of nightlife for party-goers. St James is known for its mile-long white sand beaches, luxury hotels, and two of the island’s most prestigious golf courses. If you are looking for the world-famous Crane beach it is located in the historical parish of St. Philip. Probably one of the most breathtaking Parishes is the parish of St Joseph which is home to the popular tourist attraction of Bathsheba where you can find some of the best surfing in the world. The other parishes are just as intriguing and a beauty to behold if you can find the time to explore.

Barbados is the only coral island in the Caribbean with all white sand beaches. The gem of the island is their paradise beaches with bright turquoise water, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave Formation, 17th Century Plantation Houses like St. Nicholas Abby and the ever famous Barbados Rum and Rum Punch.


Today visitors to the island enjoy plenty of opportunities to explore the island with a variety of tour operators whisking you through the island’s spectacular homes and gardens; nature tours; tram rides through Harrison Cave; waterfalls and pools or tourists can also rent bikes and scooters to tour the island. If you are thinking of visiting the Caribbean anytime soon, this little island with so much history, culture and beautiful people should definitely be on your bucket list.

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